Wednesday, June 22, 2011

There's Power!

This evening I began a new program with our kids at church. It's called Power Lab and it is a Vacation Bible School (VBS) curriculum. We are not having a VBS this summer, so I decided to use the curriculum as a Wednesday night class. I think it kicked off well!

Tonight we talked about the 10 lepers that Jesus healed in the book of Luke. The kids all got "infected" with little dot stickers and had to be quarantined, which of course, they loved. We also made little beaker key chains for a craft. It was a fun evening for all.

Thinking about being thankful, I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to minister to the kids in our church. I take this ministry very seriously. In James 3:1 it says Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. Besides teaching the kids, I am teaching myself because I have to make sure what I am saying is truly bible based and blessed by God. If I go all willy nilly and teach what I think, our ministry will not be blessed and God would have some choice words for me when I stand before Him in judgement.

The kids can be overwhelming at times and sometimes I feel so worn out, but when I know that I most likely am the only person they will ever hear talk about Jesus, it is completely worth it. My pastor used to be the Childrens director and sometimes he talks about how he hears from the kids he used to teach and how excited he gets when he sees one of them come back into the church. I look forward to that experience. In 5, 10, or 20 years hearing a kid talk about how silly I was in class or how they remember something we used to do, or (what I look forward to the most) seeing one of these kids getting married and starting their own families while serving God themselves.

I do this because I want to hear 5 words from the Lord when I go to Heaven.

"Good job my faithful servant."

Monday, June 20, 2011

angry

Have you ever played Angry Birds?

Take my advice, don't! It's addicting!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Anybody still out there?

As we can tell by the date of my last post, yes, I have been away from my blog for quite awhile. I apologize, but you need to understand... I have 2, yes TWO crazy babies that take up quite a bit of my time at the moment.

Roo and Lou are all over the place. They have taken their first steps and are really starting to get the hang of walking around. Roo is becoming more and more of a Mamas boy and Lou likes to make sure we know when he is not at his happiest.

The kiddo is officially a third grader now and is on summer vacation! Yay! I have said it here before, I am not one of those parents who dread when school is out. I love to have my kiddo home. I like to hang out with her and I love no school days.

I am still super busy with my church, paired up with taking care of the twins and the kiddo while the hubbs is still in school pretty much gives me zero time to do much else. I am trying to learn how to say "no" to taking on too much stuff, but it is hard. I don't want to let people down, but at the same time, my family needs to come before anything else (except the Lord, nothing comes before Him).

I will figure it out soon, hopefully. As soon as I do, I'll let you know. While I am doing that, I'll also try to post more on my blog. :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

James

I just did a bible study with Mark Hall of Casting Crowns on facebook on the book of James and that is what started it, or maybe, the study just brought what God has been trying to tell me all along.

First of all, the book of James is AH-MAZ-ING! All the books in the bible are awesome, especially when you break them down and just study a small amount of verses. James though, oh man, good stuff!! I encourage every person to check out Mark's study on facebook or youtube. You will learn so much.

In the first chapter of James, he (James, not Mark, lol) talks about asking God for wisdom. We need to ask God, and most importantly, HAVE FAITH when we do it! If you ask God for wisdom, but don't really believe in your heart that he will give it to you, then why bother?? In fact, if your not going to have faith in anything you ask God for, then why are you praying in the first place? When I am in prayer and I ask God for something, I am hoping IN FAITH, that He answers my prayers. The thing is though, He knows what is best for us and will give us what we NEED, not just what we WANT.

In verse 19 James tells us we need to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger. Wow, imagine that - don't start flapping your jaw before you have actually heard everything the other person has to say! We need to think about what we are saying before the words come out of our mouth. Why? Because we can never take back the words we say. Maybe we even need to think about what the other person (or people) were saying before we decide to give them our opinions.

I want to put it out there one more time - check out the James bible study with Mark Hall. Each session is about 10 minutes and there are a total of 20 sessions. Love it.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

trembles

My heart hurts for those in Japan. So many are dead and missing. What is worse is that so many are lost. Not lost as in physically, but lost spiritually. There are many false gods worshipped in Japan and I pray that those who still have the opportunity can give their hearts to the one true Lord who will give them eternal life.

We have been praying for those affected by the earthquakes and tsunamis. The kiddo felt really bad for the people of Japan and decided she would do something about it. After talking together, she decided to begin a fundraiser at her school. Money collection jars are in all the classrooms for 2 weeks. Right before Spring Break begins; we will count the money, and then send it to the Red Cross. I am so proud of her wanting to help others. Seeing her do this as well as getting excited to see how much is raised for Japan makes me know I am raising her right.

The efforts at her school have rolled over to her kids group at church. Between school and church she will be asking for people everywhere to donate. The twins’ birthday is next week and I am sure she will be hitting up all who attend.

I pray that her heart continues to grow as she gets older. I know if it warms my heart as much as it does, God is looking down on her with a smile as well.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

this time last year....

... I was laying on my bed in my front room because I couldn't go upstairs anymore while I was on bed rest. In 16 days I would meet my babies face to face. I can not believe how fast this year has gone by. The hubbs brings up their upcoming birthday and I have to tell him to stop talking about it because it makes me tear up. I haven't been doing much in the planning department with their parties (yes, I am having 2) because I think I am in denial.

Parents always comment about how fast time goes by when your watching your children grow up, I think it goes by even faster when you have two babies! I remember different times in their short lives, but I feel like I don't get to revel in their accomplishments as much as I did with the kiddo.

The boys decided it was time to stand on their own this week and it was hard to watch. Of course I was excited to see them do something new, especially when they got so happy about it, at the same time, I just want them to be wrapped up in my arms again cooing and cuddling.

I am so, so grateful that God has blessed my family with 3 amazing children. Each of them have such awesome qualities and are growing into such wonderful people. I just wish they wouldn't do it so fast!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

worship

I attended a worship seminar this past weekend hosted by Tom Kraeuter. It was FABULOUS. I thought it would be about how to sing the music and/or the musicians part, but it wasn't. It was all about the importance of how we worship the Lord.

I'll tell you again, it was FABULOUS! (Seriously, it was that good I had to tell you twice)

It wasn't for any specific denomination and he spoke about what the Bible says about worship. Some of the points I have really taken to heart are below.

1. To truly be called worship, it must honor God. This might be one of those duh moments for some, but really, how many people think about other things during worship service? How many are thinking about where they will go to lunch or other things while our hands are raised, looking like we are worshipping, but are we really?
On Sunday during worship service, I checked myself during almost every song to make sure my mind was focused on God and how much I loved Him. I did catch myself once thinking something else and I quickly refocused and was drawn back into worship. I can happen easily and quickly. Your not a bad Christian if it happens to you, we just need to refocus and honor God, just like He deserves.

2. We need to remember that as a singer/musician/whatever position you might be on the worship team, that we are not performing. What we are doing on the platform should not be an act. It is not about us, it is all about HIM. If you refer to the platform as a stage or are too concerned that your not being heard, then you might want to think about why you are on the worship team.

3. What the Bible says about worship. Psalm 14:1 Clap your hands! Psalm 66:1 Shout for Joy to God.. Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God. We need to enjoy worship. There is no reason we can shout, clap our hands, and/or dance (Psalm 149:3 Let them praise his name with dancing...). We are not at a funeral people! We are rejoicing in the presence of our Heavenly Father!!!!
As a parent, I love to see my kiddo dance or to hear her shout to my how much she loves me. How much more do you think God would love to see you enjoying His presence with you? He wants to hear your voice telling Him how much you love Him. He wants to see you be happy, He wants to hear you tell Him how much you love Him!!

The last thing I want to share with you is something the speaker shared with us from Jerry Bridges. I love it and I am trying to memorize it so I can share it with others where ever I go.

Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God's grace.